Drivers prepare for nationals
BRIAN ‘Snow’ Hine was setting up at Morgan Park early yesterday to get a head start on preparations for tomorrow’s qualifiers.
The Gympie-based driver – “don’t hold it against me” – arrived with son Shayne to contest the Shannons Nationals, a huge motor racing competition which will rev up in Warwick for three days.
Hundreds of cars, with a combined value well into the tens of millions of dollars, will be tightly guarded by security during their visit.
Mr Hine was replacing his brake callipers in time for the first day of racing when the Daily News asked him about drew him to the sport.
“The friendship. Everyone is friends and we all help each other,” he said.
“If you’re in trouble, there’s always someone there to sell or give you some parts.”
He said it was the lure of the models across the seven categories that had him hooked too.
“Shannons Nationals have some really classy cars – there are Porsche and saloon categories,” he said.
“The saloon cars are only Holden and Ford. It’s a bit of a battle because everyone’s equal, but it’s great fun.”
His weapon of choice this year is his Ford Falcon AU. While it is one of the more affordable vehicles, Mr Hine said he still kept the receipts from his wife.
“Otherwise I don’t think she’d be with me,” he laughed.
“She doesn’t come out here (when I race) and I tell her about one-fifth of what I really pay for it all.”
Mr Hine said he enjoyed racing at a track like Morgan Park.
“It’s really good – the new extension improved it 100%. It made the track faster flowing.”